Lois V Vierk

for cello, electric guitar, percussion, and synthesizer


The title of this piece refers to the way in which astronomers and physicists measure movement and distances of distant celestial bodies. Briefly, characteristic lines and patterns made by different elements found in the star, etc., as observed through a spectrometer, are shifted in one direction or the other, towards the red or towards the blue end of the spectrum, depending on whether the body is moving away from us or towards us. This shift is called the "red shift".

When I wrote this work, I had the feeling of sornething of great mass and motion, far away, accelerating like toward a comet. us, faster It first and seemed faster, to until move finally slowly, at then great gradually speed it began I felt it sweeping down upon us, through us, and back out into the heavens.

Red Shift was commissioned by the Experimental Intermedia Foundation with support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.


Recording is by:

Ted Mook, cello

David Seidel, electric guitar

Jim Pugliese, percussion

Lois V Vierk, synthesizer

from CD:

Tzadik 7056 "Lois V Vierk: River Beneath the River"

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